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28 May 2022

Late Mary Hayes treasured her county Longford roots and possessed a great 'joie de vivre'

Late Mary Hayes (née Mac Cabe), Sherwood Avenue, Galway City, Galway and formerly of Ballymahon, Co Longford

Late Mary Hayes treasured her county Longford roots and possessed a great  'joie de vivre'

The late Mary Hayes (née Mac Cabe), Sherwood Avenue, Galway City, Galway and formerly of Ballymahon, Co Longford

The death occurred, peacefully at the Galway Hospice with her much loved family by her side, on Saturday, February 12, of Mary Hayes (née Mac Cabe), Sherwood Avenue, Galway City, Galway and formerly of Ballymahon, Co Longford.

Mary is mourned and sadly missed by her husband Conor, son Gavin and daughter Evie, her brother Joe (Castlebar), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, the extended Hayes and Mac Cabe family and friends.

A beautiful and kind lady, Mary was well known and held in high esteem by those who knew her in Ballymahon. She attended Mercy Ballymahon and went on to study at UCG (now NUIG).

The GAA was an integral part of her life and Mary loved chats on football and hurling.

Indeed, her husband, Conor, is a Galway GAA legend, captaining the county to back-to-back All-Ireland senior hurling titles in 1987 and ‘88, and also winning an All-Ireland club title in 1992 with Kiltormer.

A teak tough and no nonsense defender, Conor also served as Galway senior hurling manager for a number of years during the mid noughties. 

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A lovely, friendly lady, Mary regularly came back to her native Ballymahon when Conor would be presenting hurling medals at the GAA club.

Mary treasured her county Longford roots and she possessed a warm and bubbly personality.

Friends also remembered her devilish sense of humour, her enthusiasm and cheery disposition and she had a great talent for music and languages. 

She taught French in Scoil Chaitrion, Renmore, was a beautiful and elegant lady and epitomised the phrase ' joie de vivre'.

The late Mary Hayes lay in repose at the O’Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue, Galway on Monday, February 14 from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Removal took place to St Joseph’s Church, Presentation Road on Tuesday, February 15 to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11am. Private cremation to follow at a later date. Rest In Peace.

The world will be a less bright place without her ray of sunshine.

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